Das Rheingold Das Rheingold ("The Rhine Gold") is the first of the four operas that comprise Der Ring des Nibelungen (The Ring of the Nibelung), by Richard Wagner. Das Rheingold was originally written as an introduction to the three part Ring; however, the cycle is generally regarded as composed of four individual operas. It received its premiere at the National Theatre in Munich on September 22, 1869. This 1959 recording stars George London, Kirsten Flagstad and Set Svanholm. Sir Georg Solti conducts.